I love this challenge. Here are my potential reads:
1. A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.
The Refugees by A. Conan Doyle (1893)
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)
2. A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1967.
The Keys of the Kingdom by A.J. Cronin (1941)
3. A classic by a woman author.
The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge (1956)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (1926)
4. A classic in translation. Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
5. A classic published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category also.
On Friendship by Cicero (44BC)
The Iliad by Homer (c.760–710 BC)
6. A romance classic. I'm pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (1948)
7. A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle (1902)
8. A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two Cities, Three Men in a Boat, The Nine Tailors, Henry V, Fahrenheit 451, etc.
The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan (1925)
9. A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title. It an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name. Examples include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, White Fang, etc.
The Goshawk by T.H. White (1951)
10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. It can be real or imaginary: The Wizard of Oz, Down and Out in Paris and London, Death on the Nile, etc.
Under the Yoke by Ivan Vazov (1888) - set in Bulgaria. I'd love to visit any of the countries around the Balkans.
11. An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received.
The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Dale Snedeker (1933) Newbery medal
12. A Russian Classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author.
Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (completed in 1966; published in 1968)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1924)